TESTED: AMABILIS RE­SPON­DER JACKET/HOODY

MIL­I­TARY-GRADE AP­PAREL FROM THE IN­DUS­TRY’S EX­PERTS.

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FOL­LOW­ING the suc­cess­ful Kick­starter cam­paign for the Dave Jr 2.0 Duf­fle, Brian Abrams, vet­eran mil­i­tary, tac­ti­cal and gov­ern­ment agency ap­parel de­signer for more than 25 years – and founder of Amabilis – re­turned with a cam­paign for the Re­spon­der tac­ti­cal jacket and Re­spon­der hoodie, re­ceiv­ing more than 1000 per cent of the fund­ing goal.

The Re­spon­der jacket is made from a ny­lon/cot­ton blend, the go-to for mil­i­tary gar­ments for its strength and breatha­bil­ity. It’s avail­able in mil­i­tary green or tac­ti­cal black colours, with heavy-duty YKK zip­pers and stretch­wo­ven soft shells around the cuffs and un­der­arms for a closer fit and to al­low freer move­ment.

On the shoul­ders and down the front there is a wel­come ad­di­tion of coated neo­prene ar­mour plat­ing to pre­vent abra­sion while wear­ing a back­pack. Laser cut into this is a mil­i­tary “MOLLE” pat­tern that can be used to clip ac­ces­sories like pouches, torches and pocket knives.

A great fea­ture of the Re­spon­der jacket is the side-vent zip­pers that al­low ac­cess to pant pock­ets with­out need­ing to lift the jacket above the waist. Speak­ing of pock­ets, there are 10 in to­tal, po­si­tioned all over the jacket, in­side and out – most are zip­pered, with some big enough to hold a tablet. Par­tic­u­larly use­ful are the two quick-ac­cess pock­ets on the chest, con­cealed be­hind the neo­prene ar­mour plat­ing and big enough to hold a wal­let or phone. Quick ac­cess is pos­si­ble thanks to a mag­netic clip.

There are a few other mil­i­tary touches on the ‘Re­spon­der’ jacket, with both a lan­yard ring on the front and Vel­cro loop patches on the arms for at­tach­ing ranks, flags or name patches. Amabilis of­fers both flags and cus­tom name patches from its on­line store.

The Re­spon­der hoodie is more ca­sual, but it still has the rugged, high-qual­ity feel of the jacket. Made from Po­lartec, the hoodie is warm and com­fort­able and comes in a moss green or as­phalt grey colour.

Just like the jacket there is stretch built into the sides, back and cuffs via a stretch fleece. There are also ny­lon shoul­der patches to re­sist abra­sions while car­ry­ing bags. The hoodie is quick to slip on with its deep front open­ing, and it clips closed with cool gun­metal over­sized but­tons. The stand-up col­lar is quite tall, so it’ll help keep your neck warm, and the sub­stan­tial hood can be pulled up over the col­lar to keep your head warm.

Pock­ets on the hoodie are re­stricted to just two, but the front chest pocket is big enough to take a large phone, with a hid­den but­ton to hold it closed. A mas­sive front kan­ga­roo pocket is big enough to store large items for quick ac­cess, and it’s lined to keep your hands toasty.

Both gar­ments ooze mil­i­tary her­itage, func­tion­al­ity and rugged­ness. Both are a great ad­di­tion for camp­ing, four­wheel­ing, fish­ing, or just when the weather turns bad, and both the hoodie and jacket are avail­able now in half sizes from small to XXXL.

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